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Reaction Editorial: Did Jay Electronica Ghostwrite for Nasty Nas?

Posted in News, Opinion Editorial with tags , , , , , , on Monday, August 20, 2012 by Tim Althaus

Obviously, I’m a little late with this post because this whole whirlwind of speculations started last week. According to most of the articles that I’ve read, Jay Electronica was supposedly responsible for ghostwriting duties on Nas’s Untitled album; even more revealing, renowned Hip-Hop journalist Dream Hampton claims that Mr. Elec-Hanukkah could be responsible for more than meets the eye – at least 6 tracks. Of course, Mr. Elec-Yarmulke came out and publicly admitted (via Twitter) that the accusations were absolutely false, and Stic Man of Dead Prez followed suit. It’s hard to be clear if the rumor is true or not, but it definitely raises some valid questions in the Hip-Hop community.

The whole Hip-Hop universe seemed to be in a daze from dismay, but I’m still not sure how I feel about the news. Believe it or not, ghostwriting is a fairly common practice in Hip-Hop, and it really shouldn’t surprise anyone. Artists like Royce Da 5’9″ and Skillz have been writing for other rappers like P-Diddy and Dr. Dre for years. It had even been rumored that Gillie Da Kid wrote the vast majority of Lil’ Wayne’s hit album, Tha Carter

With that being said, let me pose this question: Why are people making a such a big deal of this particular issue?

The reasons – at least to me – are pretty clear.

Rappers that use ghostwriters aren’t usually considered by many as great lyricists. We all know that Dr. Dre, P-Diddy & Lil’ Wayne have sold millions of records worldwide, but the word “lyricist” doesn’t come to mind when thinking about their talents – performer is more applicable. If anything, ghost writers made their music more tolerable.

Nas is credited for writing one of Hip-Hop’s most magnificent manifestos – Illmatic. Even though the ghostwriting accusations don’t stem from Illmatic, it rubs me the wrong way to think that Nasty Nas had another emcee write his rhymes. Imagine if the scientific community found out that someone else wrote part of Aristotle’s work: all hell would break loose, and pandemonium would ensue. Nas is considered one of the foremost founders in the East Coast Hip-Hop scene, so this rumor holds a great deal of significance. Any way that you look at it, this whole issue is just a hard thought to stomach.

Nas is an artist that has withstood the test of time; even though a lot of people would consider some of his releases sub-par compared to Illmatic, he’s still considered one of the greatest lyricists of all-time – without question. If the ghostwriting rumors are true about Untitled, I can’t help but wonder if ghostwriting was prevalent in his previous releases. This whole controversy could end up becoming a slippery slope with no foreseeable end.

Even though Jay Elec’s good friend FWMJ verified that Jay wrote on Untitled, I still don’t know what to believe. This is what it all boils down to in my eyes: Back in 2006, Nas was bold enough to name his album Hip Hop is Dead; if he is guilty of using ghostwritten rhymes, then he might also be guilty of killing the very art form that personified his career.

Is This The Tracklisting To Jay Electronica’s Album Act 2: Patents of Nobility?

Posted in Album Update, News with tags , , , , on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by Tim Althaus

I can’t even believe my eyes: is this picture going to disappear once I hit “publish”? Jay Electronica took to his Twitter page to unveil the tracklisting for his long-awaited album Act 2: The Patents of Nobility. I feel like this album was supposed to come out damn near two years ago… wait, that’s because it was. Didn’t Jay ElekYarmulke announce that his album was done in March? I even remember when Young Guru gave praise for Act 2, and he was so floored that it left him speechless.

Many of you may feel as though my tone is overly aggressive and slightly bitter: that’s because it is. I’ve been preaching about this man from the first time I heard him, and that was five years ago. He is a very mysterious person, and his lyrics are deep and powerful; Jay is the type of emcee that the game needs, and I’ve been saying that Act 2 could change the game for a long time.

I haven’t completely lost all of my faith, but as more time passes, it really gets harder for me to care. I’m a marketing major, and I understand that you need to drive up demand for your product, but when you give people empty promises and broken dreams, you’re only hurting yourself.

I still remember the first time I discovered Jay Electronica’s music: I was browsing files on SoulSeek, and I found a random file folder that had the name Style Wars EP. I figured I would give the dude’s music a chance; hell, he even had some J Dilla beats. From the first stanza of “Renaissance Man”, I was an instant fan: Style Wars was like nothing I had ever heard; it sounded like the future of Hip-Hop. When was the last time an emcee decided to rhyme over a movie score? The answer: never.

Even though I might be a little bit caustic in my convictions, I still have hope. I have hope that Act 2: The Patents of Nobility will see the light of day, and I hope that it hits me the same way the Style Wars EP did five long years ago. We all know that some things are better late than never, and I have the feeling Act II will be a perfect paradigm in proving the validity of this notion.

Editor’s Note: Where in the hell is “Dear Moleskine” on this tracklisting?

Jay Electronica Performs “Exhibit C” in Amsterdam

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Tim Althaus

Shouts to Nah Right on this footage. I have to admit that the sound quality isn’t spectacular, but it doesn’t take long to notice that the crowd in Amsterdam is really into this guy. If you haven’t heard “Exhibit C”, please do yourself a favor and glue headphones to your ears with the track on repeat.

On a separate note, where the hell is Act 2: Patents of Nobility?

Jay Electronica Performs “Google Eyes” Live

Posted in Media, Video with tags , on Friday, August 28, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Here is some more live of the phenom, Jay Electronica, performing some live shit. In this video (that comes to us courtesy of Nah Right) he performs the track “Google Eyes”, which I’m pretty sure I haven’t had the pleasure of hearing. I don’t know how many times I have to say it, but damnit, I want that Jay Electronica full length like now. And for the umpteenth time, why the hell did I miss this show?

Jay Electronica & Mos Def Perform “Exhibit B” Live

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Oh my god, thank you Meka. There has been footage of Jay performing all over the internet over the last few weeks, but nothing compares to this. This is some dope ass footage of Jay Electronica & Mos Def dropping megaton bombs on the microphone. Lord, please give me a Jay Electronica full-length, and for the 950th time I’m pissed off I missed this show…

Jay Electronica Performs “Exhibit A” Live

Posted in Media, Video with tags , on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Watch it, I don’t really need to say much more than that…

Spotted @ 2DopeBoyz

Jay Electronica Live From Atlanta

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , on Sunday, August 16, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Here is some footage of the phenom, Jay Electronica, performing live at the Tabernacle in Atlanta. In the video is a live performance of the track “Dimelthyltryptamine”, in which half contains a beat and the rest is acapella. I have to say this again, I’m extremely pissed I couldn’t make the Jay/MosDef show in Minneapolis.

Spotted @ 2DopeBoyz

Jay Electronica Preaches at The House of Blues

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , on Monday, August 3, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Here is some footage of the prophet Jay Electronica performing at the House of Blues in Chicago. I can’t tell you how upset I am that I had to miss his show with Mos Def in Minneapolis Saturday night. I can assure you that First Ave. was rockin’ like crazy that night. On the video you get to see him perform “Dear Moleskine” as well as “Exhibit A (Transformation)”. This guy is quickly becoming one of my favorites, I feel almost blessed that I’ve been able to put this many Jay Electronica posts up in the last week.

Spotted @ 2DopeBoyz

Just Blaze Talks Briefly About Jay Electronica

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Two Jay Electronica updates in the last two days? I feel like the lord is looking down on me with a big smile on his face. Just Blaze spoke a few choice words to iHipHop about Jay Electronica and what’s been going down as of late. It sounds like these guys have been putting down some serious shit as of late. Just Blaze talks about Exhibit A, as well as the video trailer that they just put out. I got really excited when Blaze said that he is going to dedicate time to get “the record” done as soon as possible. I keep saying this all the time, Jay Electronica’s full length is going to change the entire game. Just Blaze is arguably one of the best producers in the game, and you throw Jay’s revolutionary lyrics/flow over Blaze Beats… game over.

Spotted @ 2DopeBoyz

Jay Electronica Brings You the “Dear Moleskine” Trailer

Posted in Media, Video with tags , on Monday, July 27, 2009 by Tim Althaus

This video is by far the definition of epic (thank you 2DopeBoyz). Jay Electronica released the trailer to his newest track which is produced by Just Blaze. The first minute and thirty seconds is strictly beautiful instrumentals by Just Blaze, and then Jay goes in real hard with some nice rhymes. I have been waiting on a full length from Jay since the minute I heard him, I am still on the edge of my seat every time I hear a new track. I can assure you that when the full length comes out it will be up at Mind Inversion.